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Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. La Jolla, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in La Jolla, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in La Jolla, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in La Jolla, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in La Jolla, CA

Business Roundup: Some La Jolla restaurants to close while new ones emerge along with other establishments

Truluck’s, Great Maple and Herringbone are bidding farewell.Several restaurants across La Jolla are on the brink of closing. But new businesses both of the culinary variety and otherwise are coming in.ClosuresTruluck’s After 12 years at 8990 University Center Lane (just off La Jolla Village Drive), Truluck’s La Jolla will serve its last meal Saturday, Dec. 24. Though operating partner Todd Perry declined to comment, an email to patrons shared with the La Jolla Light indicates th...

Truluck’s, Great Maple and Herringbone are bidding farewell.

Several restaurants across La Jolla are on the brink of closing. But new businesses both of the culinary variety and otherwise are coming in.



After 12 years at 8990 University Center Lane (just off La Jolla Village Drive), Truluck’s La Jolla will serve its last meal Saturday, Dec. 24. Though operating partner Todd Perry declined to comment, an email to patrons shared with the La Jolla Light indicates the lease was purchased so the property can be redeveloped into a science complex.

Truluck’s, known for its steaks and seafood, is developing locations in Florida and Texas rather than exploring a new home in San Diego.

“I speak on behalf of myself and our fantastic team when I say it has been an honor of a lifetime to serve you and yours these past 12 years,” Perry wrote in the email. “We would have loved to do it for another 12, but the life of this location is coming to an end.”

Reservations are being accepted through Dec. 24 at (858) 453-2583 or

Great Maple

Great Maple, which became popular since first opening in Hillcrest nearly a decade ago, has decided to shutter its 4-year-old location on Genesee Avenue on the edge of the Westfield UTC mall because of nearby construction that has dogged the restaurant since it opened.

The 5,000-square-foot location is scheduled to close Thursday, Dec. 22. The 61 employees have been informed, and any openings at Great Maple’s three other Southern California locations will be available to them, said co-owner Amanda Ho.

“Our focus now is on the safe harbor of our employees and giving our employees a 60-day notice,” Ho said. “We are proud to have hung on as long as we could with the pandemic.” — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Closure — and opening

Herringbone and Le Coq

Herringbone, the high-profile La Jolla restaurant that San Diego celebrity chef Brian Malarkey created — and later sold four years ago — is returning to his ownership and will reopen next year as a “French-inspired” steakhouse.

Teaming with his longtime partner Christopher Puffer, Malarkey said the new fine-dining venue — to be named Le Coq (think coq au vin) — will be the duo’s last restaurant project.

Herringbone, most recently owned by Tao Group Hospitality, a global restaurant and nightlife company, is set to close by early January, according to a formal layoff notice the company sent early this month to the California Employment Development Department.

Malarkey said he hopes that he and Puffer can reopen the location at 7837 Herschel Ave. by the end of July.

“I’ve always loved that building,” Malarkey said of the 7,500-square-foot space known for the six live olive trees that grace the interior. “At this point in my life, we’re fully focused on San Diego, so if we could have one more dream spot, we thought what could it be and we agreed it was Herringbone. It’s very Herb and Wood-ish, and La Jolla is such a fun community to be a part of.”

Le Coq will be “caviar and truffles and lobster, and it’s going to be fun,” he added. “The world is a little timid right now, but we want butter and flavor and big steaks and large glasses of wine and martinis — an incredible party up in La Jolla.” — The San Diego Union-Tribune


Ambrogio Enoteca

Though its tasting room is in the final stages of design, Ambrogio Enoteca opened Nov. 15 at 510 Pearl St. to offer a place for wine and small plates, as well as an Italian market. It is owned by Milano Five, the restaurant group that runs Ambrogio15 in Pacific Beach and Ambrogio by Acquerello on Fay Avenue in La Jolla.

“In Italy, ‘enoteca’ is a small little bar and restaurant,” said Ambrogio15 spokesman Fabio Bascon. “The idea came during COVID because we had to think outside the box as to how we could stay afloat. We decided to sell everything we offer in the restaurant: meats, cheese, wines, pizza dough, sauces, pasta, everything.

“Ambrogio Enoteca is like a gourmet grocery and wine experience. People can buy the wines we sell in the restaurants and other rare wines. We work with small production wineries in Italy, so you can’t find them anywhere else.”

In the tasting room, patrons can order wine flights and wines by the glass, plus charcuterie boards, some with rare meats and cheeses that rotate with the season.

There also is a grocery option with fresh and dried pastas and specialty items such as honey and truffle products.

“It’s a unique experience for La Jolla, so I think the community will really enjoy it,” Bascon said.

Ambrogio by Acquerello

Ambrogio by Acquerello, also owned by Milano Five, opened in November at 7556 Fay Ave.

The restaurant’s seven-course tasting menus and chef’s table dinners combine Italian cuisine with Korean, Japanese and Chinese influences. Further, California produce and local seafood and meats have been stirred into the mix.

Ambrogio by Acquerello replaces Milano Five’s Semola, which opened in May 2021. Learn more at — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Life is Good

Apparel company Life is Good, touted as the “original positive lifestyle brand,” opened its first California store at 7927 Girard Ave. on Nov. 12. Known for its positivity-inspired and nature-centered designs, the store sells shirts, sweatshirts, hats and accessories for men, women and children.

“When looking at locations for the new storefront, the team at Life is Good explored a range of neighborhoods before deciding on La Jolla,” according to a news release. “Thinking of the Life is Good customer, the team wanted to find a region that would fully embrace the positive, optimistic nature of the messaging behind the brand offerings. In addition, the beachfront community of La Jolla felt like a natural fit for the brand and even inspired some custom La Jolla apparel.”

OurWorlds app

A new app created by La Jolla resident and La Jolla High School graduate Kilma Lattin launched Nov. 22 to provide interactive and site-specific views of Native American culture.

The app, called OurWorlds, is available to download for free. It was created to bring Indigenous history and culture to life through “mobile-based, geolocated immersive reality.” Through the app, users standing in a location of Native American significance can use the augmented-reality feature to view holograms of historical events; “interact with” objects such as baskets, canoes, or shelters in 3D augmented reality; hear interviews recorded with tribal leaders; and more.

“What we have created is an incredible tool for culture sharing, and it belongs to everyone,” said Lattin (Pala tribe, Kuupangaxwichem). “Everyone has culture to share. What started as a project dedicated to my community, the Native Americans, has quickly become something that is relevant to every community.”

Other business news

The Cottage

The Cottage restaurant at 7702 Fay Ave. will celebrate its 30th anniversary by offering its original 1992 menu (and prices) on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Through Thursday, Dec. 22, it also is partnering with legendary surfboard shaper Rusty Preisendorfer, professional big-wave surfer Jojo Roper and artist Seth Bishop to raffle off a custom ‘90s-style surfboard in hopes of raising at least $10,000 for the nonprofit Windansea Surf Club’s annual “Day at the Beach” events, which provide children with disabilities and children of homeless families with watersports experiences.

A portion of proceeds from dine-in sales during the Dec. 6 event also will benefit the nonprofit.

For more information about The Cottage’s 30th-anniversary celebration, including the menu, visit A direct link to the surfboard raffle is at ◆

La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival set for Dec. 4

The annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival return Sunday, Dec. 4, with the parade starting on Girard Avenue at 1:30 p.m. and the holiday festival commencing at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.“This year’s theme is ‘Grand Ole Christmas – Celebrating La Jolla History,’” said Ann Kerr Bache, La Jolla parade chair. “It honors some of our oldest organizations and/or individuals in the community. Warwick’s Bookstore is being honored with Nancy Warwick...

The annual La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday Festival return Sunday, Dec. 4, with the parade starting on Girard Avenue at 1:30 p.m. and the holiday festival commencing at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.

“This year’s theme is ‘Grand Ole Christmas – Celebrating La Jolla History,’” said Ann Kerr Bache, La Jolla parade chair. “It honors some of our oldest organizations and/or individuals in the community. Warwick’s Bookstore is being honored with Nancy Warwick as parade grand marshal. Jack McGrory and Bill Kellogg are once again stepping up to the plate as parade chairs helping to raise funds to keep this event alive, especially in times of rising costs to put on a public event.”


The Holiday Festival begins at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library at 1008 Wall St. It will include visits and photos with Santa and educational exhibits. A Menorah and Christmas tree will be on display. This year, Kiwanis Club of La Jolla has donated funds as the parade sponsor to create a new Santa’s Village.

Santa will be joining the festival before and after the parade when he rides in the Old Black Goose, courtesy of the LJBTC. “In Santa’s Village at the festival, we are pleased to have new community members participate in the festival, which has grown this year with several community organizations partnering to provide lots of fun activities,” said Kerr Bache.

The Contemporary Museum of Art, The Historical Society, and the Riford Library will be offering arts and crafts, a special educational activity, at the holiday festival. The Museum of Contemporary Art will have tables set up for children’s arts and crafts projects. The La Jolla Historical Society will have a craft table with supplies from which kids can make miniature structures, like the current exhibit at Wisteria Cottage. The Riford Library will have a table with fun activities for kids to create.

“We are especially pleased that the Yiddish Center will participate for the first time sharing their cultural traditions and holidays, displaying a Menorah, and hosting musicians to perform,” said Kerr Bache. “Kid’s Gym will be returning with their fun outdoor activities on Wall Street.”


The parade commences at 1:30 p.m. at Girard and Kline and ends at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. Registration recently opened and more than 40 entries have joined this year’s event as they know the number of entries is limited by the space allowed, which is much in demand.

The daylong event is a free celebration of the holiday season for kids of all ages. Besides bands from the greater San Diego area, the parade includes floats constructed by schools and community groups, parade marshals, and VIPs, with a flyover by Bill Allen.

“It is a multi-cultural, accessible, diverse event open to all without charge,” noted Kerr Bache. “We even allow equestrian entries and have maintained a sterling safety record. The holiday event is well-known and multiple generations of the community continue to participate. It draws tens of thousands of spectators to the Village who line the sidewalks from Girard to the Rec Center. It is a unique old-fashioned celebration that starts and ends with the Holiday Festival. The highlight is Santa arriving in the Old Black Goose courtesy of Bill Kellogg and the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.”


La Valencia Hotel’s festive tree lighting tradition will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 1132 Prospect St. Both the La Sala tree and outdoor display (to illuminate Patio Sol) will be lit simultaneously. There will be warm holiday beverages, house-made treats, live music, carolers, and children’s crafts while counting down to the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. Festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. For those looking to make the evening special, dining reservations are encouraged. The event is complimentary and open to the public.

– Holiday tea at Mediterranean Room – Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30. Seatings between 11-11:30 a.m. A holiday tea service at La Valencia will feature French teas paired with housemade sconces, tea sandwiches, assorted mini pastries, plus a glass of bubbly.

– Cozy by the fireside on Patio Sol – Friday and Saturday evenings, Dec. 2-30. Gather with friends and family at La Valencia’s first pop-up patio experience. Get cozy with blankets, firepits, twinkling lights, and holiday decor with a patio menu, including light bites and festive beverages all set to live music.

– Storytime brunch with Santa – On Dec. 3, 10, 17, and 18 Santa visits from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch is served 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Join jolly ol’ Saint Nick for storytime and the Mediterranean Room’s weekend brunch, featuring the signature La V Cinnamon Roll, Chorizo Benedict, Belgian Waffles, and more.

– Gingerbread house decorating – On Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. start a sweet new holiday tradition, gingerbread house decorating led by executive pastry chef Kari. Use homemade colorful icings, candies, holiday treats to decorate a gingerbread house, surrounded by twinkling lights and festive holiday decor. While decorating, kids can have chocolate milk and cookies. Houses will be pre-assembled and ready for whimsical touches.

2022 Honorary Parade Marshals

Grand – Warwick’s Bookstore and proprietor Nancy Warwick.

Technology – SIO, Dr. Margaret Leinen, director.

Traditional – La Valencia, Summer Shoemaker, general manager.

Civic Kiwanis – Craig Gagliardi, president.

Philanthropic – Kevin and Sherry Ahern.

Cultural – Athenaeum, Christie Michell, executive director.

Military – Miramar Marines, TBD.

Measure to allow child care in San Diego parks and rec centers wins voter approval. Now what’s next?

Child-care advocates are celebrating election results that show San Diego voters have approved a ballot measure that could ease a city shortage of affordable child-care options.Measure H gave voters the option to change city rules to allow child-care facilities in public parks — part of the city’s overall plan to adapt dozens of city properties for hosting child-care facilities to serve city workers and many residents, some of whom can’t work without it.Measure H had about 69 percent voter support as of the la...

Child-care advocates are celebrating election results that show San Diego voters have approved a ballot measure that could ease a city shortage of affordable child-care options.

Measure H gave voters the option to change city rules to allow child-care facilities in public parks — part of the city’s overall plan to adapt dozens of city properties for hosting child-care facilities to serve city workers and many residents, some of whom can’t work without it.

Measure H had about 69 percent voter support as of the latest update from the San Diego County registrar of voters office Nov. 18.

The measure was placed on the Nov. 8 ballot after an 8-0 City Council vote in July and required approval by a simple majority of voters to pass.

Child-care advocates say its passage is a significant step in the right direction.

“We see the passage of Measure H as really a clear and resounding message coming from the voters that child care is absolutely critical to them,” said Erin Hogeboom, director of San Diego for Every Child, a nonprofit that works to ensure children’s basic needs are met.

Though San Diego County has been experiencing a child-care shortage for years, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated it, said Courtney Baltiyskyy, vice president of policy and advocacy for the YMCA.

Twelve percent of the county’s child-care providers closed during the pandemic, and nearly 190,000 children younger than 12 who need care lack it, according to a YMCA survey last year.

A University of San Diego report in April said child-care spots that are available are unaffordable for many families, costing from $12,900 to $19,500 a year.

Access to child care is crucial to tackling child poverty because it lets parents work to support their households, Hogeboom said.

In recent years, she and other advocates have been working closely with the city to try to find solutions. Among them was the idea to use city properties as child-care facilities.

Last year, the city’s Department of Real Estate and Airport Management began assessing 1,100 city-owned properties looking for facilities that had at least 5,000 square feet on the ground floor to create small four-classroom child-care centers, and had adjacent outdoor space that could be converted into a playground.

A total of 72 properties were identified across all nine City Council districts, consisting of 18 libraries, 12 office buildings and 42 recreation centers. Among them were the La Jolla/Riford Library at 7555 Draper Ave., though branch manager Bill Mallory said earlier this year that nothing had been finalized.

Many of La Jolla’s current day-care offerings are connected to churches and private schools, as well as some at-home enterprises.

However, the city charter says any land dedicated for “park, recreation or cemetery purposes shall not be used for any but park, recreation or cemetery purposes,” unless city voters approve such an exception. Measure H would amend the charter to make it legal for city rec centers to offer child care.

“With the passage of Measure H, we now can analyze 42 more sites throughout our city, in every district, to deliver [child care] service to our constituents, which is why it passed with such an overwhelming margin,” said Councilman Raul Campillo, chairman of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. “One of the most important amenities that parents look for in their community is child care.”

Measure H does not require rec centers to become child-care facilities, officials say. Each center will be reviewed to determine whether it is suitable. In some cases, the cost of conversion may be too high.

An August report by the city’s independent budget analyst said it was unclear whether those costs would be borne by the city or the private child-care operators.

Baltiyskyy said Measure H was “the first time in our region that we’ve seen child care be on the ballot for anything, so it was really a good test to kind of see how the optics would play out with the voter base.”

She said she hopes to see similar initiatives follow to secure more funding for child care — particularly in upcoming budget negotiations.

Hogeboom would like child care to be incorporated into plans for future affordable-housing developments, too.

Already, the San Diego Public Library Foundation and San Diego Parks Foundation are at work to supplement the city’s budget with some funds that could help provide care at city libraries and parks.

They’re joined by other groups in trying to garner support for a proposed 2024 ballot initiative that would create a 2-cents-per-square-foot parcel tax on certain residential and commercial parcels — not to exceed one acre and not to include certain senior and low-income housing — to fund library and park improvements.

And Hogeboom said the city will be eligible to apply for a $250 million California child-care infrastructure grant program.

Meanwhile, the city has asked child-care providers for their input on how it can establish facilities on city-owned properties. City staff is working to compile the information into a proposal to identify potential operators that will be issued early next year. Staff also is working with the city attorney’s office and the city Development Services Department to investigate zoning and permitting requirements.

Now, Baltiyskyy and Hogeboom said, the city will begin to develop a partnership with child-care providers to operate the centers.

“San Diego is a great place to raise a family … but we have a long way to go for it to be the best place to grow up and raise a family and for us to really understand and meet parents’ and caregivers’ needs,” Baltiyskyy said.

— La Jolla Light staff contributed to this report.

San Diego Unified School District’s student COVID-19 vaccination mandate is struck down in court — again

A state appeals court ruled Nov. 22 against the San Diego Unified School District’s student COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which has been on pause for the past half-year.The 4th District Court of Appeal agreed with a lower court’s ...

A state appeals court ruled Nov. 22 against the San Diego Unified School District’s student COVID-19 vaccination mandate, which has been on pause for the past half-year.

The 4th District Court of Appeal agreed with a lower court’s ruling from last December that school districts cannot impose their own vaccination requirements on students and that only the state can require a vaccine for school attendance.

“This is a great win for children and the rule of law and ensures consistency statewide,” said Lee Andelin, attorney for Let Them Choose, an offshoot of San Diego County-based group Let Them Breathe that sued San Diego Unified over its student COVID vaccination mandate last year.

SDUSD, which operates five public schools in La Jolla, is examining the appeals court ruling and “will consider its next steps,” district spokesman Mike Murad said in an email.

The appeals court rejected San Diego Unified’s several defenses of its student vaccination mandate, including that it is in line with the district’s responsibility to keep students safe and healthy, that school districts can create programs to “meet local needs” and that the vaccination requirement is not actually a mandate because it allows students to do at-home independent study if they don’t want to get vaccinated.

“We doubt that students and their parents perceive a real choice,” the appeals court wrote. “For some, independent study would likely be a step backward.”

San Diego Unified first adopted the COVID vaccination mandate for students in September 2021 and was one of a few districts in California to create its own such requirement for students.

The mandate would have required students 16 and older to be vaccinated by Dec. 20 last year in order to attend school in person and participate in extracurricular activities. Students were allowed exemptions for medical reasons but not based on personal beliefs.

However, the district never ended up fully enforcing the student mandate due to Let Them Choose’s legal challenge and subsequent timing issues.

In May, the district decided to pause the mandate until at least July 2023, partly because of the vaccines’ lower effectiveness against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and amid delays in full federal approval of the vaccines for children younger than 16.

Since the spring, there has been little discussion of student vaccination mandates in California as public tolerance for COVID-19 restrictions and alarm about the virus have dwindled. ◆

Sip Fresh to Open La Jolla Location, Latest Move for Market Expansion

La Jolla, CA ( Sip Fresh, an innovative, handcrafted fresh fruit beverage franchise concept, is expanding its footprint in the Southwest, with news of its latest location which opened in La Jolla on October 22. The much-anticipated opening of the Sip Fresh store at Westfield UTC is sure to delight guests and surrounding S...

La Jolla, CA ( Sip Fresh, an innovative, handcrafted fresh fruit beverage franchise concept, is expanding its footprint in the Southwest, with news of its latest location which opened in La Jolla on October 22. The much-anticipated opening of the Sip Fresh store at Westfield UTC is sure to delight guests and surrounding San Diego residents with its deliciously, eye-catching fresh fruit-based beverages.

Guests are instantly greeted by the bold and lively store design and stunning barrels of juice which highlight the main essence of every Sip Fresh beverage: ripe and flavorful fresh fruit. Friendly ‘Sipistas’ welcome guests to sample different flavors and help guide them to their perfect drink. Some of the fan-favorite options include the refreshing Watermelon Fresh Sip, the luscious Mango Tango, the smoothly tropical Piña Colada and the Sweet and Spicy Cha Cha Chamoy®– a Sip Fresh Signature drink that is not to be missed. The wide array of menu options ensure that a guest will leave with a delicious drink that sparkles with personality.

The arrival of Sip Fresh to the La Jolla community is consistent with the company’s expressed intention of extending its reach across the United States, with an initial focus on states in the Western and Southwestern regions.

“The beverage category is exploding as guests look for unique offerings to satisfy their thirsty palettes,” explained Sharon Arthofer, CEO and Founder of Sip Fresh. “High quality, high traffic venues like Westfield University Town Center (UTC) are a perfect fit and key to our expansion plans over the next year. Guests will instantly be attracted to our fresh, new offering that takes high quality ingredients that they know and love and offers it to them in a fun and delightful way.”

“We are thrilled to serve up the best combinations of fresh fruit and fruit juice at our new location,” said Michelle Chino, Vice President of Marketing at Sip Fresh. “Westfield UTC offers a best-in-class shopping experience, and Sip Fresh will leave a deliciously visual and engaging impression on each of our UTC guests.”

The Westfield UTC Sip Fresh location will be the first franchised store opening for the beverage franchise brand with more planned in the near future. The store will be run by LK Group UTC LP, led by experienced entrepreneur and operator Lawrence Kourie who has signed a multi-unit commitment to develop within the Southern California region.

“For franchise owners, our business model offers streamlined operations, an engaging workplace environment and the ability to offer delicious beverages, resulting in high traffic and consistent profits,” says Frank Gonzalez, VP of Franchise Development. “Sip Fresh is committed to expanding its footprint with a supportive team of experts, the freshest products and continued innovation for business operations.”

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About Sip Fresh

California-based Sip Fresh® opened its first store in 2017 with a mission to create delicious, handcrafted juices, in an interactive environment and unique presentation. The brand’s focus on quality products and unforgettable experiences turns guests into regulars and juices into delightful Sip Fresh beverages are made for a new era in the beverage industry. The beautiful drinks, like the many ‘Fresh Sips’ and the fan-favorite Cha Cha Chamoy®, are fun to share with friends and family – both in-person and via social media. Sip Fresh’s quality products are made to engage the senses: see it, sample it and sip it up.


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